Hi Renee. Congratulations on finding ‘your profession!’ It’s your ENTHUSIASM and knowledge, NOT your age that will determine your success in your newly chosen field! So, putting your age aside 🙂 and concentrating on your desire to become a certified fitness professional I think that many of the factors already identified by Karin are things that you will need to consider. I would add that for a person new to the field, ‘industry marketability’ is important in getting that all-important first job. There are many, many certifications out there. Not every one of them have the same entry and testing requirements, so what you will need to do is your due diligence in researching the organizations out there to determine their requirements and comparing them to your current situation. For example, it does little good for you to look into Certifying Agency X if they require a 4-year degree in Exercise Science and you do not currently hold one. I think that you get what I’m trying to say here. So, just like any other education, you have a strata of educational institutions and you will need to compare that strata to your particular situation. While it’s great to get the BEST or most RESPECTED certification, it may not be doable for you in your current situation. If it is, great go for it. But if it is not, I would say do further checking because there are some organizations out there that, while perhaps not perceived to be the best, they may allow you to gain entry into the industry and give you a start. You can then learn, study and improve both your skill-set and knowledge while perhaps honing your craft. You may then decide to continue your “education” by pursuing additional more widely accepted or recognized certifications.
I say that if you’ve passionate about wanting to enter this field, there is a certification out there that can help you get there!
I hope that this helps.